Forklifts are a serious piece of equipment, and capable of seriously injuring a person if involved in an accident. We wouldn’t usually let a pedestrian share the road with a car let alone a heavy vehicle, but we see virtually the same thing with forklifts. Forklifts and pedestrians should be separated for safety reason.
- Barriers should be erected between the areas allocated for walking people and the areas allocated for forklifts. This does not mean a painted line on the floor, this means a physical fence.
- Warehouses should be designed with wide lanes.
- Warning signs must be displayed wherever forklifts are used.
- Use dot c2 tape markings and flashing lights on all forklifts to increase visibility.
- High visibility clothing (en iso 20471) must be worn by all pedestrians and anybody working near forklifts or on building or warehouse sites.
- All forklift drivers must be licenced and trained. Most of this training concerns safety.
- All forklifts must be in full working order. Most forklifts have a working life of about 6 years or 12,000 operational hours. Light power and electric forklifts have slightly longer life expectancies because of the fewer moving parts.
- Seat belts on forklifts are essential. A significant number of accidents occur when a driver is crushed underneath an overturning forklift vehicle.